Artists have often sought to depict or express something of the sacred in their work. Historically and beyond the studio, image wars have raged inside states and religions as artists, leaders and thinkers argued over what counts as sacred and what doesn’t. Despite the turbulence, the medieval art of icon writing emerged and continues today as an important form of religious art and spiritual practice. Anna Prifti is one artist whose practice spans the gap between icon writing and contemporary art. Accomplished in the Byzantine tradition of icon writing, Anna’s career in Europe and Australia has included many large-scale commissions and led her in 2005, to establish the Byzantine Iconography School in Camberwell. But Anna’s artistic explorations into the sacred don’t stop there. She is also a skilled contemporary artist whose paintings and sculptures play with some of the same materials, symbols and techniques of traditional Byzantine icons. Anna Prifti’s work in both styles is dynamic, not only expanding our knowledge of the Byzantine tradition but awakening our spiritual senses as well.
Anna Prifti’s Sacred Image exhibition is currently on show at Mt Eliza’s Lamppost Gallery until March 27. Lamppost Gallery is located in the foyer of St James the Less Church, Mt Eliza and is open 12 – 4pm Wed – Sun. For details about the artist, go to www.annaprifti.com. For event info, follow Lamppost Gallery on Facebook or find the Lamppost page on www.mteliza.melbourneanglican.org.au
By Rebekah Pryor